Project Fifty-Sixty – Week 2

Project Fifty-Sixty - week 2Project Fifty-Six­ty – week 2 is up! One thing I should have recalled from the 30/30-project I did in the past, is that I should treat it more like a diary. Edit­ing the pho­tos on the same day and writ­ing at least the dai­ly the texts as well. I didn’t do this for the first week and paid the price in sleep depri­va­tion before pub­lish­ing. Which I planned on doing on Sun­day, but real­ly got to it on Mon­day.

Project Fifty-Sixty – week 2

The pho­tog­ra­phy por­tion of the project is still going strong. This week I did a bit bet­ter with the edit­ing, but I still didn’t write the texts on a dai­ly basis. Maybe I’ll get this right before the 60 days are over. ;)

Day 8 – Sunday

The con­trast to Saturday’s weath­er was quite remark­able. The weath­er was unusu­al­ly warm and sun­ny for Sep­tem­ber. My part­ner in crime (mom) and I went explor­ing the Raisio Ceme­tery. I’ve dri­ven past the ceme­tery mul­ti­ple times and admired the fall col­ors of the vines on the stone walls.

Black and white fountain

A small water fea­ture in the mid­dle of the ceme­tery.

Oak leaves catching light

I didn’t even have to plant it there…

There was some sense of fall in the air, but the col­ors are not there quite yet. It still needs a few nights where the tem­per­a­ture goes below zero.

A small statue of a boy, a bird and a dog

I always pho­to­graph these small stat­ues on ceme­ter­ies. I liked this one espe­cial­ly because of the dog and the bird.

Day 9 – Monday

I had a bit of a slow morn­ing due to my back hurt­ing. This also cut time from the evening since I had to stay at work until it was already dusk. I set­tled for pho­tograph­ing an old build­ing locat­ed at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Turku cam­pus. The build­ing is no longer in use and like so many oth­er build­ings in Turku, it’s wait­ing to be torn down at some point.

Marker writing on a glass door

Trans­la­tion: “We’ll always love this place.”.

A rotten support beam for a pentice

This build­ing hasn’t got much life left in it.

Day 10 – Tuesday

My back total­ly gave out on Tues­day morn­ing and I had to stay at home for the day. In the evening I was in a bit bet­ter shape after much yoga and stretch­ing. I also had to pick up my par­ents from the mari­na, so I walked around the premis­es a bit with my cam­era.

Old wooden sailboat called Dixie

A nice old­er wood­en sail­boat called Dix­ie.

Click the pho­tos above to see them in a big­ger size.

Port side navigation light

Port side nav­i­ga­tion light on an old wood­en sail­boat.

Day 11 – Wednesday

On Wednes­day we explored a few aban­doned build­ings and their sur­round­ings. The evenings are get­ting quite gloomy if the sun is not out and you’re in a shad­ed place. So far I’ve tak­en all the project pho­tos with my Fuji X-T20, but I might need to switch to the X-H1, which has in-body image sta­bi­liza­tion.

Abandoned shed with a tree fallen on it

I just love aban­doned and derelict places. Unfor­tu­nate­ly these kinds of places are becom­ing extinct.

Carpet beater in filmic black and white

I found this carpet/bottom beat­er hang­ing in the gar­den.

I was con­stant­ly at ISO 6400 here, which I don’t mind. But the shut­ter speeds start­ed to suf­fer even with the high ISO val­ues. This will lead to blur­ry pho­tos since there is no image sta­bi­liza­tion in the lens.

S/Y Iroquois in the evening light

S/Y Iro­quois in the evening light.

The sunset reflecting from a boat window

A funky reflec­tion of the sun­set from a round­ed boat win­dow.

Day 12 – Thursday

On Thurs­day we explored a small for­est area and a mari­na in Uit­ta­mo, Turku. I still used my X-T20 here, which made it real­ly dif­fi­cult to get enough depth of field and a sharp image. I just had to take a lot of pho­tos to ensure I had enough good mate­r­i­al to work with.

Details on a fallen tree.

Nice details on this fall­en tree.

A small mushroom growing out of a tree.

This remind­ed me of a minia­ture ver­sion of a cenote in the Yucatán Penin­su­la of Mex­i­co pho­tographed above.

Blue paint on a rusty rock

Some­one had tried to save a rock from rust­ing by paint­ing it…

Scratched hull of a boat 1

Years of drag­ging this row­ing boat on dry land had left its marks on the hull.

Scratched hull of a boat 2

I just knew these would look great in black and white, so I shot them with the Fuji Acros film sim­u­la­tion.

Day 13 – Friday

Like I men­tioned, I do appre­ci­ate some urban decay and old aban­doned build­ings. There are only a few places left in Turku where such fea­tures still exist. Turku har­bour is one of those places, but the area is being active­ly devel­oped. This means that these places won’t be around for­ev­er.

KINE robotics building

The last ten­ant here was KINE robot­ics, but they have moved away a while back.

KINE robotics building detail

Abandoned building against a nice cloud formation

Blue rainwater hose

I real­ly liked the col­or of this drain pipe.

Click the pho­tos above to see them in a big­ger size.

Day 14 – Saturday

On Sat­ur­day we had our first real autumn storm. Oth­er­wise the weath­er was nice, but not sur­pris­ing­ly quite windy. So windy in fact that I had to take my hat off before it flew off.

Reeds blowing in the wind

A bit of artis­tic flare dur­ing the storm.

I was watch­ing the reeds sway­ing in the wind and thought it would be nice to cap­ture some move­ment in the pho­to­graph. I took out my ND400 neu­tral den­si­ty fil­ter to cut off a lot of the light (about 8 2/3 stops). This allowed me to use a large aper­ture but still shoot with a longer shut­ter speed. I had to hold the fil­ter in front of the lens by hand since I don’t have fil­ter step-down rings yet. Note to self: get some fil­ter step-down rings…

-Janne

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